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Old 02-12-2019, 03:44 PM
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This thread reminds me of an Old Saying:

"If you want to build an airplane, build an airplane. If you want an airplane buy an airplane."
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:53 PM
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I like the time in the shop and I am quite happy that I still have to build a lot of stuff before bringing the plane to the airfield. Is that strange?
Not to me. While I’d be glad to have less to do before being ready to fly, I wouldn’t want that convenience to come as a result of having bought a quickbuild kit. For me, it’s neither a price-based nor value-based decision, but one resulting from a desire to touch as many parts as practical of everything I build. Quickbuild kits are the exact antithesis of that philosophy and not in the spirit of homebuilding.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:59 PM
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Quickbuild kits are the exact antithesis of that philosophy and not in the spirit of homebuilding.
I definitely built mine at home, just in 14 months and not 3 years.

I don't think I missed any particular skill or experience, I could certainly build any of the quickbuild assemblies myself but it sure was nice shaving a year or more off the process.

Second time around I would likely build the fuselage myself but would still opt for the quickbuild wings.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:04 PM
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I definitely built mine at home, just in 14 months and not 3 years.
I built my -8 from an early standard kit in only 28 months. I should have my “slowbuild” -14A flying in ~18 months. Time to finish need not be factor. Obviously, this is a YMMV-type situation.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:45 PM
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For me, it’s neither a price-based nor value-based decision, but one resulting from a desire to touch as many parts as practical of everything I build. Quickbuild kits are the exact antithesis of that philosophy and not in the spirit of homebuilding.
I wouldn't say quickbuild is an antithesis of home build philosophy. I have seen the sparkle in the eyes of quickbuild builders when they talk about their planes. I think it's just a choice you do while building. Same as to prime or not to prime, Garmin or Dynon or tailwheel or tricycle gear.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:22 PM
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I would think the second time would go a lot faster ... I'm seriously considering building another 14 in a few years (or a 16 ).
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:47 PM
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I would do QB fuselage so I would have control over the fuel tanks. As a QB Wing owner that leaking fuel destroyed my paint after only a few hours of flight and had to re-do sealant and paint on the entire wing (painted fuel tank and wing as a unit so when tanks got removed it destroyed both), I would in no way trust another human being to do my fuel tanks. Also had to pull 2 friends QB tanks to re-seal and re paint their wings also. I will never paint tanks and wing together again. Search forums for "tank blisters", as you can see I'm still sour from this. I had a several award winning airplane that had to be dis-mantled and re painted with less than a hundred hours on it.
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As you can tell, there are pros and cons either way.


BUT


Whichever way you go, make absolutely sure they have the kit available.


Ten years ago I waited for over FOUR MONTHS during the winter. Just sitting, watching bad tv and doing a very slow burn.
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:15 AM
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Ten years ago I waited for over FOUR MONTHS during the winter. Just sitting, watching bad tv and doing a very slow burn.
I have ordered the empennage and the slow build(!) wings kit on Oct 1st 2018. The empennage has arrived after three weeks. The wings kit will arrive end of this month (Feb 2019). So it took 5 months. The wings have left Van's at Jan 7th. Since then it's on the way to Germany via truck, train and ship. Due to the cold weather (polar vortex) it has missed the first ship which resulted in a delay of two weeks.
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